WATERGATE: Tacking Toward the Impeachment Line

Political partisanship flared openly in the House Judiciary Committee last week, shaking the fragile facade of impartiality that had enhanced its impeachment inquiry. A surprisingly tough Chairman Peter Rodino pushed the committee into making critical procedural decisions that should ensure a July conclusion of its historic investigation of Richard Nixon's presidency.

Despite angry objections from most Republicans and a few Democrats, the committee set July 12 as the deadline for completing its questioning of a limited number of witnesses. It set July 15 as the date to begin debating and voting on...

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